8 Best Day Trips From Hobart Tasmania

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Looking for the best Hobart day trips? Awesome! That’s exactly what you’ll find here.

My home city of Hobart is one of the smallest capitals in Australia with only 206,000 people, but it packs a big punch when it comes to fun places to visit and explore. The best part about travelling to Hobart is definitely all the diverse day trip options. There’s so much you can do within an easy drive.

If you don’t have your own wheels, there’s also many fantastic day tours from Hobart Tasmania and, even if you are only in Hobart for a weekend, I highly recommend you try to do at least one of these day trips.

Below, you’ll find my full guide to all the best day trips from Hobart Tasmania including information about how to get there, what to do when you are there and who the Hobart day trip is best suited to. This includes paid Hobart day tours as well as the best self drive day trips from Hobart Tasmania.

I also share a handy map to help you plan your day trip from Hobart.

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Map Of Best Hobart Day Trips

The below map gives you an idea of where each of the suggested best day trips Hobart Tasmania are located.

Hobart Day Trips map
Click the Map to open in Google Maps. You can then access directions to each of the locations discussed in this article.

Comparison Of Day Trip From Hobart Options

PlaceDriving Time (one way)Best ForDay Tour Option
Mount WellingtonApprox. 30 minutesPeople who love great views or hikingClick Here
RichmondApprox. 30 minutesPeople who love history and quaint townsClick Here
Port Arthur And Tasman PeninsulaApprox. 1 hour and 30 minutesPeople who love history and natural wondersClick Here
Bruny IslandApprox. 35 minutes to Kettering (then a 20 minute ferry ride)Foodies, nature lovers and people who want to see wildlifeClick Here
Maria IslandApprox. 1 hour and 15 minutes to Triabunna (and then a 30 minute ferry ride)People who truly want to get away from civilisation, wildlife and history loversClick Here
Wineglass BayApprox. 2 hours and 30 minutesPeople who love stunning views, nature and hikingClick Here
Mt Field National ParkApprox. 1 hour and 30 minutesPeople who love waterfalls, hiking and natureClick Here
Huon Valley30 minutes from Hobart with some attractions over 2 hours awayAdventure seekers, nature lovers or people who love stunning scenery

8 Best Day Trips From Hobart Tasmania

Note that public transport isn’t the best in Hobart so you’ll either want your own wheels (you can hire a car here) or if you are looking for day trips from Hobart without a car, you’ll want to do a paid tour. I give details for both day trips from Hobart by car and by paid tour below.

Mount Wellington

Scenic view of Hobart from Mount Wellington
Scenic view of Hobart from Mount Wellington

Driving time: Approx. 30 minutes

Best For: People who love great views or hiking

A visit to Mt Wellington is a rite of passage for any visitor to Hobart. At over 1,200 metres tall, Mt Wellington can be seen all around Hobart, and the summit offers the best views in town.

Getting there is easy. It only takes 30 minutes to drive to the summit, and this is where most visitors head. There you’ll find an observation shelter with some plaques on Hobart and its history, as well as various points of interest around the city. 

On a clear day the views over the city and beyond are absolutely stunning. There are also some viewing platforms outside to take it all in. 

It is nearly always cold and windy here, so dress warm. It often snows in winter too. Bad weather can also stop you from reaching the summit, and certain points can be cut off from vehicle access.

The Springs is usually still accessible and another place to stop. About halfway up the mountain, this is a great place for a walk, have a toilet break and a cup of coffee at Lost Freight Cafe.

Mount Wellington
Mount Wellington

You can really spend as long as you like at Mt Wellington, so it’s great for Hobart day tours and half day tours. This is because it depends on what you want to do. Visiting the summit is easy but there are also a huge range of walks and hikes for those that really want to get immersed in nature.

Best Day Tour

If you don’t have your own car, you can visit Mt Wellington super easily on a day tour. There are quite a few options available. 

The Mt Wellington morning tour is one. This tour picks you up from your hotel and visits a few of the best points of interest around Hobart, with Mt Wellington being just one of them. Guides are knowledgeable and the tour departs at 9.15am and returns at 11.30am at Brooke Street Pier Terminal, leaving plenty of time to explore.

Click here for full details of this morning tour to Mt Wellington.

If you want to get a bit more active, an awesome tour is the Mt Wellington Descent Cycle Tour. This is a 3 hour bike ride descending 21km of the mountain. There are two times offered – 10am and 1pm. They provide the bikes and safety gear, and there’s also an optional offroad track for those that are a bit more adventurous. 

Click here for full details of this bike tour down Mt Wellington.

Another great option is the explorer bus. The kunanyi/Mt Wellington Explorer Bus offers 2 hour return tours to Mt Wellington from Hobart and stops at 5 different spots. This tour is great because it still has access to the summit in bad weather. There’s free wifi onboard, and they also offer a hop-on/hop-off service – if you want to take a longer walk, simply catch the next bus.

Click here for full details of the kunanyi/Mt Wellington Explorer Bus. Currently unavailable

Richmond

Richmond

Driving time: Approx. 30 minutes

Best For: People who love history and quaint towns

Richmond is only a 30 minute drive from Hobart, but in many ways it feels centuries away. This is because Richmond has retained many of its historic buildings, and the town prides itself on its quaint and historic charm.

There’s a range of unique and interesting things you can do here, but one of the best is simply to walk around. You can take a walk over the oldest stone span bridge in Australia, see the many old churches (including Australia’s oldest catholic church) and visit the Richmond Gaol (which is older than Port Arthur!).

You can also visit Old Hobart Town Model Village which is a huge model village of how Hobart looked in the 1820’s. The Pooseum is just across the road which showcases animal poo of all kinds – certainly unique and great for kids.

Old Hobart Town Model Village
Walking in to Old Hobart Town (note this is using my super zoomed out lens – the site is bigger than it looks here)

There are also galleries, shops, cafes, restaurants and bakeries, as well as the famous Richmond lolly shop – Sweets and Treats.

Richmond is best to visit during weekends and tourist seasons. This is when the town is most alive. It’s a great place for half day trips from Hobart, and it’s also one of the day trips from Hobart public transport options – just take the 726 bus from the City Interchange.

Best Day Tour

If you don’t have your own car, you can visit Richmond super easily on a day tour. There are two options:

1. Combine a tour to Richmond with visiting Tasmanian wildlife at Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary. You’ll get to visit iconic spots around Richmond as well as see some of Tasmania’s native wildlife, including the Tasmanian Devil. 

Click here for full details.

2. Combine a tour to Richmond with Mt Wellington. This full day tour visits sites around Hobart, Mt Wellington and Richmond, including entry into Richmond Gaol. 

Click here for full details.

Port Arthur And Tasman Peninsula

Port Arthur

Driving time: Approx. 1 hour and 30 minutes

Best For: People who love history and natural wonders

A trip to Port Arthur is one of the most popular Hobart day trips tours, and not only for the UNESCO world heritage listed Port Arthur Historic Site. Getting to Port Arthur is half of the fun as there are some fabulous sites to see on the Tasman Peninsula. 

Port Arthur Historic Site was one of Australia’s most brutal gaols, and there are plenty of buildings, ruins, homes and gardens to be explored. The site is very extensive. A visit includes a 40 minute walking tour as well as a 25 minute harbour cruise. You can also add an optional stop at Isle of the Dead – the gaols burial spot.

There is plenty to explore from the museum pieces to the courthouses. There’s also a good gift shop and restaurant.

Tesselated Pavements, Eaglehawk Neck
Tesselated Pavements at Eaglehawk Neck

On the way there or back, a stop at Eaglehawk Neck is a must. Located on the Tasman Peninsula, there is an array of stunning natural geological wonders here including Devils Kitchen, the Tessellated Pavement, the Blowhole and Tasman Arch.

Best Day Tour

If you don’t have your own car, you can visit Port Arthur super easily on a day tour. There are two options:

1. The first of these day trips from Hobart to Port Arthur is by Tours Tasmania. This is a full on day tour with 4 hours to explore Port Arthur, a visit to Eaglehawk Neck, Richmond and even a quick stop at the top of Mt Wellington.

Click here for full details of this day tour to Port Arthur.

2. Under Down Under also offers Port Arthur day trips from Hobart. This full day tour combines a visit to Port Arthur with a visit to Richmond, as well as some of the sites at Eaglehawk Neck.

Click here for full details of this day tour.

If you’re interested in just seeing the geological wonders of Eaglehawk Neck, Pennicott Wilderness Journeys offers fabulous wilderness cruises complete with lunch.

Click here for more details.

Bruny Island

The Neck Bruny Island things to do
The Neck – I’ve never seen anything like it

Driving time: Approx. 35 minutes to Kettering (then a 20 minute ferry ride)

Best For: Foodies, nature lovers and people who want to see wildlife

One of the most popular Hobart trips among both locals and visitors is a visit to Bruny Island. 

To get to Bruny Island you need to take a trip on the ferry. The car ferry departs Kettering regularly and only takes 20 minutes to reach Bruny Island. There is a fee for vehicles but pedestrians are free.

Once you arrive, Bruny Island has much to offer visitors. For nature lovers, this rugged island is one of the most preserved nature sites in Tasmania with abundant wildlife, fantastic beaches and walks, with much of the island like stepping back in time. Here you can see the white wallaby – the only place in the world. 

Bruny Island oysters
Yummmm Bruny Island oysters

For foodies, there may be no better place to sample Tasmania’s finest produce. Cheese, chocolate, honey, wine and whiskey are all produced here, and there are numerous places where you can purchase them and do tastings. Oysters are also a big hit on the island, and Get Shucked is the place to go.

Some of the must see sites include The Neck, which connects north and south Bruny Island, as well as the lighthouse for some history and equally stunning views.

It’s easy to drive around the island on sealed roads, but note there are unsealed roads around and some are only suitable for 4WD vehicles.

You can read our full guide to visiting Bruny Island here.

Best Day Tour

If you don’t have your own car, you can visit Bruny Island super easily on a day tour. You can do this as either one of the day cruises from Hobart or you can take a bus and then a car ferry on your day tour.

One of the best Bruny Island day trip from Hobart providers is Pennicott Wilderness Journeys. They offer a couple of options including a bus tour with a six course lunch and an opportunity to sample the island’s best produce. This tour includes gentle walks and excellent scenery.

Click here for full details of a bus day tour to Bruny Island.

If you’re looking for Hobart boat trips, Pennicott Wilderness Journeys offers other Bruny Island day trips from Hobart like this 3 hour wilderness cruise. In addition, sample excellent produce and see the stunning sites of Bruny Island, complete with dolphin and whale spotting.

Click here for full details of a Bruny Island day tour by boat.

Bruny Island Safaris also offers day trips from Hobart to Bruny Island. Their sightseeing tours are complete with lunch, produce sampling and return transport from your hotel in Hobart.

Under Down Under also offers Bruny Island day tours.

You can also find full details of all day tours to Bruny Island here.

Maria Island

Painted cliffs at Maria Island National Park
Painted cliffs at Maria Island National Park

Driving time: Approx. 1 hour and 15 minutes to Triabunna (and then a 30 minute ferry ride)

Best For: People who truly want to get away from civilisation, wildlife and history lovers

If you’re looking for truly unique day trips in Hobart, it doesn’t get more wild than Maria Island. This island has no permanent inhabitants but has plenty of nature walks, wildlife and some old colonial era buildings. The isolation makes it among my top 5 incredible day trips from Hobart Australia.

A trip to Maria Island is one of the longer day trips out of Hobart. It takes about 1 hour and 15 minutes to reach Triabunna where you then board a ferry and sail for 30 minutes to Maria Island. This is a passenger only ferry – no cars are allowed on the island other than those belonging to the national park. However, you can take a bike or hire one.

Maria Island ferry on arrival
On arrival at Maria Island

You’ll arrive at the Darlington World Heritage Convict Site where you can explore some of the buildings. There are walks all over the Island, from the shorter Painted Cliffs walk to the longer Bishop and Clerk summit walk. You’re pretty much guaranteed to see wildlife whatever you do. 

There are no shops on the island so you’ll need to bring lunch. Orford is near Triabunna and worth stopping when you drive past. Of course, you can also visit as part of a tour.

It’s truly one of the excellent Tasmania day trips from Hobart and a stunning place to visit. It’s also a great option for Hobart ferry trips with lovely scenery.

Best Day Tour

If you don’t have your own car, you can visit Maria Island super easily on a day tour.

Tours Tasmania offers a great day trip from Hobart to Maria Island with hotel pick up and drop off. You’ll get to explore the best of the island with a professional guide.

Click here for full details of this day tour to Maria Island.

Wineglass Bay

Wineglass Bay

Driving time: Approx. 2 hours and 30 minutes

Best For: People who love stunning views, nature and hiking

A 2 and a half hour drive from Hobart, Wineglass Bay is one of the fabulous day drives from Hobart. It’s one of the most popular destinations for Hobart Australia tours in the state thanks to the stunning beauty of the beach from above. In fact, this beach is often cited as one of the top in the world.

Wineglass Bay is located in Freycinet National Park. Arriving on your Wineglass Bay tour from Hobart, you’ll park at the car park and commence your walk. There are a few options when it comes to walks but the most popular is the one up to the lookout. This is a steep walk but there are plenty of spots to rest along the way, and you’ll see people of all ages walking.

The view from the top is the real reward. The views from the lookout are simply stunning. You can then choose to walk down the steps to the beach which takes about an hour return.

Freycinet Marine Farm from the road sign
Freycinet Marine Farm

If you want something more challenging, another popular walk is the Hazards Beach Circuit – a 5km return hike along the beach.

Your Hobart to Wineglass Bay tour will likely have you working up an appetite. We recommend nearby Freycinet Marine Farm for some excellent oysters and seafood! 

Best Day Tour

If you don’t have your own car, you can see Wineglass Bay easily on a day tour.

Par Avion offers a very special tour where you can fly over Wineglass Bay, enjoy a seafood lunch and even take a walk on Maria Island – all in the same day!

Click here for full details of this day tour to Wineglass Bay.

Mt Field National Park

Mt Field National Park Visitor Centre
Mt Field National Park Visitor Centre

Driving time: Approx. 1 hour and 30 minutes

Best For: People who love waterfalls, hiking and nature

Mt Field National Park is a treasure when it comes to Hobart day trips Tasmania offers. Like many of Tasmania’s fantastic nature sites, it’s fairly close to Hobart but feels like a world away. Its tall trees and waterfalls makes it one of the best day trips in Hobart Tasmania.

From Hobart, you’ll drive past the towns of New Norfolk, Glenora and Westerway, before making your way to Mt Field National Park.

Park at the visitors centre and take a short 10 minute walk to the famous Russell Falls – by far one of the most photographed spots in all of Tasmania. You can hear the power of this stunning waterfall and see its beauty from both below and above.

Russell Falls Mt Field National Park
Russell Falls in Mt Field National Park

You can then continue to explore the rainforest. There is a great variety of walks in addition to Russell Falls including the Tall Trees Track and the routes to Horseshoe Falls and Lady Barron Falls. This is also a great spot to spot fungi and see all the different varieties in this area.

The visitor centre also has a cafe and good shop, and you can get some good information if you’re interested in exploring any of the sites further afield. There are plenty of other sites to see on Hobart self drive day trips.

Best Day Tour

If you don’t have your own car, you can visit Mt Field easily on a day tour.

Tours Tasmania offers good day trips around Hobart visiting Mt Wellington, Mt Field and Bonorong Wildlife Park. This is an excellent tour for those that want to explore the mountains, nature and wildlife.

Click here for full details of this day tour to Mt Field.

Huon Valley

Tahune Air Walk
Tahune Air Walk. Photo credit: Atsushi Kase via cc

Driving time: 30 minutes from Hobart with some attractions over 2 hours away

Best For: Adventure seekers, nature lovers or people who love stunning scenery

Somewhat less visited by tourists than other regions, the Huon Valley has much to offer for Hobart day tours and half day tours.

The Huon Valley is a good option for Hobart day trips by car as it begins just 30 minutes out of Hobart, but the region spreads much further than this. There are many attractions and places to stop and see. A 30 minute drive from Hobart is Huonville. This is a lively country town with many shops, cafes and restaurants. 

Keep driving and pass Geeveston until you reach the Tahune Airwalk, about an hour and a half from Hobart. This is a 600 metre walkway positioned 30 metres above the forest floor, offering excellent views of the forest and surrounding area. This is stunning to see from above. There are a few walks you can do here. I recommend taking the Swinging Bridges walk.

Hastings Caves
Hastings Caves. Photo credit: Jamieson Teo via cc

For more adventure, you can try eagle hang gliding where you can glide 400 metres across the forest or try river rafting.

Head further south for an hour and a half to reach Hastings Cave and Thermal Springs. Here you can see the magnificent dolomite cave system by tour and swim in a naturally thermal heated pool, as well as take a walk and spot plenty of wildlife.

There’s plenty more to see in the Huon Valley, but if you’re heading back to Hobart early, stop at Willie Smith’s Apple Shed for a great lunch – but book ahead!

Bonus Hobart Day Tour Options

Hobart hop on hop off bus by Red Decker Company

Still looking for Hobart day tours? There are loads of options to see the best of this city in a day.

A great one is the super easy hop on hop off bus. This is run by Red Decker Company and you can purchase either a 24 or 48 hour pass. There are 20 stops including museums, attractions around the CBD, the botanical gardens and much more. The bus takes you to the best spots around Hobart which you can explore at your leisure. 

Click here to read about this tour.

Another option is the Hobart City Tour with MONA Ferry & Entry by Gray Line. This tour takes you to all the must see spots around Hobart, and also includes a ferry ride and entry ticket into MONA – the weird and wonderful, world renowned museum. This unique museum is a must see for art lovers (and anyone else really!). Hotel pickup is available with drop offs at Brooke Street Pier. 

Click here to learn more.

If you’re looking for something different, foodies will love the Tasmanian Seafood Seduction Cruise where you can fish your own seafood, fresh from the sea. This full day boat tour sails the coast of Bruny Island and down the River Derwent, and you’ll enjoy the freshest seafood you can eat. 

Click here to learn more.

If you’ve got time to spare you may want to check out gorgeous Iron Pot on a 2 and a half hour scenic cruise, as well as the wildlife at Storm Bay. 

Click here for more information.

Other options include a scenic flight over the wilderness, a kayaking tour around the waterways, and many other options! Click here to see them all.

Final Words

hobart tasmania

As can be seen, when it comes to day trips from Hobart self drive options, there are plenty available! The hardest part is picking what to do when you have limited time. However rest assured that with so many stunning sites to see, none of these options will be the wrong one!

Find more Hobart travel guides here.

By Sharon Gourlay

Sharon grew up in Tasmania, moved away and then came back with her family twenty years later. She loves re-discovering her home state and sharing it with you here.